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Samples from Meeru, Sheraton resorts test negative for COVID-19

Fathmath Shaahunaz
16 March 2020, MVT 10:13
Meeru Island Resort. PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
16 March 2020, MVT 10:13

The samples collected from Meeru Island Resort and Sheraton Island Resort all tested negative for COVID-19, announced Health Protection Agency (HPA) early Monday.

HPA tested 12 samples from Meeru and two from Sheraton over suspected cases of the coronavirus, during which the resorts were closely monitored.

Following the results, the agency lifted the temporary monitoring measures enacted on the islands as per protocol.

Meanwhile, two other resorts, aaaVeee Nature's Paradise and Four Seasons Landaagiravaru were placed under temporary monitoring late Sunday over suspected cases of the virus.

HPA has so far confirmed 13 cases of COVID-19 in Maldives, including a tourist couple on a liveaboard, two cases from Anantara Dhigurah, five foreign nationals from Kuredu Island Resort as well as two foreign citizens from Sandies Bathala and Kuramathi Maldives each. No locals have tested positive for the virus as of yet.

Maldives announced a state of public health emergency last Thursday, under which the government has implemented several measures. This includes travel restrictions to and from resorts and banning guesthouses and hotels in the Greater Male' region from accepting more tourist bookings for a period of 14 days.

Maldives also banned entry from Spain and parts of Germany and France, in addition to China, Italy, Iran, Bangladesh and four regions of South Korea.

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